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3 Filipinos among 5 arrested in Lamma anti-drug swoop

01 January 2019

By The SUN

Three Filipinos, including a woman, have been arrested along with two other Asians on suspicion of possessing and trafficking dangerous drugs during a police operation on Lamma Island.

The Filipinos, whose names the police did not disclose but are said to be Hong Kong ID card holders, are also being investigated for possession of offensive and prohibited weapons.

A spokesman of the Police Public Relations Branch said the three Filipinos, a Thai female and a Sri Lankan male, were nabbed when officers raided three houses on the island at 7am on Dec 29.

All five were being held in custody at the Cheung Chau Police Station while investigation was ongoing, the spokesman said
The raids were conducted in three separate places on Lamma Island
on Dec 31. No charges have been filed, and the Philippine Consulate had not yet been informed about the arrests.

The drugs seized were reportedly valued a total of $13,000.

Local newspapers quoted police sources as saying the raids were launched after a foreign officer tipped them off about the existence of a supply chain of illegal drugs on Lamma.

The police said the raids had disrupted the drug ring, which had been active recently.

The spokesman said officers first raided a house in Hung Shing Ye Bay. They arrested a Filipino male, 49, after they found 1.6 grams of marijuana, a 26-centimeter Gurkha knife called kukrit and a pair of brass knuckles in the house.

He is being investigated for drug possession, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon, the reports said.

Officers also swooped down on a house in Sha Po Tsuen and arrested a 41-year-old Sri Lankan man and a 40-year-old Thai woman after finding 2.4 grams of marijuana and a pipe fit for smoking methamphetamine or “ice”.

In Wan Long Village, police raided a house on Yung Shue Wan Main St and arrested the second Filipino man, 31, and the Filipina, 27, after a search turned up 19 grams of “ice”, a pipe for smoking the drug, plastic bags used for packaging them, and an air gun.

The two will be charged with drug trafficking, possession of equipment fit for smoking the drug and possession of an imitation firearm.

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